First off, I'm back from Austin and feeling a little gaggy. Ok, a lot. I've been making trips back and forth to the bathroom. I've had motion sickness before, but not this badly. I was SOOO close to puking on the airplane but managed to keep it in until right after I got in the car. (NO, I'm not pregnant because I know someone will make a comment like that. ;) ) Anyways, I have pictures and such, but am not really in the mood to upload them and feel more like lying around until the next bout hits me.
On to the real reason of this post. I will be the first to admit that my last name is odd. It just is, and there's no way around it. It's especially odd because I went from such a normal, maiden name (Nielson) to a weird VERY mispronounced last name (Snedaker) After working in the ER and seeing all of the last names people have, I realize it's not so weird anymore, however it is mispronounced ALL of the time. Correct pronunciation: Sneh-da-ker. Easy enough? Apparently not for some. This morning when I went to check out of the hotel, the woman behind the front desk looked at her screen for a long moment and I know she was trying to figure out how to say my last name. Finally, after much hesitation, she said, "How was your stay Miss Snee....dock....er?" It sounded like it was in fact three different words. I said fine and was on my way. I should be used to it right?
The man who took me to the airport was even worse. As he opened the door, he said: "Good morning Miss Sneed Wrecker." I quietly giggled to myself about this the entire way to the airport. It sounds like I'm some sort of seed or garden wrecker when you pronounce it like that. I could go on and on about how it is mispronounced. Every once in a while, people will get it right on the first try, and I must say that it's very impressive. Other times, if people seem like they are struggling, I say it for them. It's not that bad though.
Say it to yourself: